As you progress through Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, you may earn blessings for various feats. As you do, you'll notice that each achievement earns you a Blessing or Blessings and they accumulate over time. What are they? A bonus mechanic for additional playthroughs of the game.
What Are Achievement Blessings?
The Berath's Blessings mechanic was a stretch goal on the Fig crowdfunding platform and most of the available information comes from a Fig update. Here's the description of the mechanic when it was announced:
"Berath's Blessings is a new feature for Deadfire that gives players special bonuses when they start a new game, based on achievements that have been completed in previous gameplay. Berath plays a large role in the story of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire that we don't want to reveal quite yet, but she will aid you at the start of your adventure with her blessings. These can be used as a helping hand to defeat that next difficulty level, to provide additional challenges, and to increase the reward for chasing down and completing achievements. Each completed achievement gives the player points to spend on blessings when they start up a new game.
Players will be able to spend these points on a wide variety of unlocks. Some players may simply want a more powerful starting character - better starting gear or more attribute points. Other players may choose to more quickly advance through a part of the game that they don’t really want to repeat - bonus faction reputation, or starting the game with extra copper coins. Players will even have the option to start the game with some of their favorite things acquired during a previous journey – starting with a favorite companion or Soulbound weapon from an earlier playthrough. There will even be unlocks that make the game harder, boosting the challenge of the next campaign."
You encounter an aspect of Berath at the start of the game. We haven't started a New Game+ yet, but it makes sense that Berath's Blessings will be discussed at this point in a new playthrough. We'll update as more information is made available, but you can look at all available Deadfire achievements now.
How Many Blessings Are In Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire?
If you look at the list of achievements and the number of Blessings that can be earned by each, there are 70 total at the time this was written. Additional DLC for Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire will likely add more achievements, but it is unknown if those new additions will come with more of Berath's Blessings